(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)

Christ at the Column

c. 1607
Oil on canvas, 135 x 175 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

The movement of these figures. who are sharply divided into two different halves of the picture, is conceived entirely in terms of the light coming from the left. In the process, the flagellation column, usually a decisive motif, appears as little more than a symbol of Christ, without having any effect on the pictorial space, which is immersed in the blackness of the background. Judging by the assistants rather than by Christ, this picture dates from the time of Caravaggio's first stay in Naples.